Archive for November, 2011

Updated 3:11pm good news… new header in post…..Sadly the Sweet Potato store had a fire this morning on its second floor of the building.

Reposted from the comments,

this comment posted by Sweet Potato staff


The Sweet Potato has had some minor water damage as a result of the fire upstairs. We’re working with our insurance agency and the health inspector to repair all damages and get the store open as soon as possible.

The Sweet Potato will definitely reopen – and crossing fingers for tomorrow.

We will update The Junctioneer again this afternoon.

Our friends who lived in the apartment upstairs are safe and did not sustain any serious injury.



The Windows on the second floor are broken out and blackened. From Pacific Ave and Dundas it is not possible right now to have a view if the store. Posted 9:05am



Exposed steel ibeam

Right now a steel I beam is visible on the front exterior of the pictured building. This building is on the north side of Dundas St. West just west of Keele St.

Suffering only from a mild bit of tension metal fatigue after supporting a rather heavy and wide load, especially in relation to other Junction retail buildings.

Also shining with pride are the square head mechanical fasteners. These same fasteners are using in many of the old industrial buildings in the Junction. The Symes Rd disused garbage transfer station uses them in its massive car size dumping shoots.

They were numerous in the now taken down silo on Junction Rd.

On the front of this Dundas St W. Building you get to see the historic fasteners without all the danger of moving around the old industrial buildings.

I guess that’s more than most wanted to hear about local historic steel mechanical joining.


Universal drum sprouts a crane today

The packing drum manufacturing company on Glen Scarlett Rd. is using a crane for something today.

Watching this company though it’s sometimes open doors can be better than going to an action movie.


Daniels Scrap Metal Pickup

The ICONIC (<–fixed word) scrap metal collection dude gets around the entire Junction it seems daily.

Here he pictured on a off street just north of St Clair Ave.

This gentleman is a great small business in the area. He fully licensed as a collector by the city of Toronto.

Got metal stop as he drives by.


Junction retail locations being snapped fast. A new shortage?


A new look and use for the rear of Junction retail buildings, the image above glimpses how buildings rear facades can be reconfigured to become ''fronts''


More retailers in the Toronto area are opting for Junction locations.   The ongoing decades of recovery is sustaining, primarily from the influx of new residents and the higher density buildings being built. Moving this renewal along are new and exciting stores have cropped up in various sectors such as the furniture trade and an excellent range of full service restaurants and coffee houses.

Amid a tight supply of adequate retail space, new retailers and building owners are going to have to seek alternative locations such as expanding the strip to the east and west, areas that at one time were just as busy as what is now considered the core retail area.   Building density uses and converting some buildings to both front and back retail uses, with a shop fronting on the street and another fronting  the lane-ways.

Despite carrying greater growth now, however, Junction high-street retail must adapt to demand while facing competition from the new mall at St Clair and Weston Rd. which will offer multiple shopping options, more accessibility and easier car parking.

Recent retail studies have stated that high streets such as the Junction strip are increasing their power of attraction and more and more retail chains and well-known national and international brands are choosing this format. Starbucks is one in the Junction, but where are the others that have appeared in areas such as Leaside and Bloor West Village.  A strong Junction for the residents needs both independent retailers with a few nationals throw in can complete the shopping destination for non Junction residents and local residents.


Councillor Sarah Doucette adds committee in addition to her position as board member

Click image to read TPL minutes for Toronto Public Library Board Meeting No. 8: Monday, October 17, 2011



West End Food Co-op Cannery

City Councillor Doucette Ward 13 information on city run museums & possible clouse

From the newsletter Councillor Sarah Doucette…

You may have already heard that four of Toronto’s ten City run museums are threatened with closure. They are Montgomery’s Inn, Gibson House, Zion Schoolhouse and Market Gallery. These museums draw hundreds of thousands of visitors every year and help bring history to life. Toronto’s collection of historic museums is the repository of our collective heritage. Closing them would be like losing the link of who we are and how we got here. These museums also serve as community hubs, providing public space for children’s programs, language training courses, farmer’s markets and special events. Closing these museums will not save the City a significant amount of money, but will lead to a huge loss to the community. We need to see if there are ways to help the museums raise more money or operate in a more cost effective manner. There are better ways to address a budget shortfall than by cutting valuable cultural assets that hugely improve the quality of life for Torontonians and visitors to our City. I urge you to become part of the coalition to stop these cuts by signing the petition at the website  Please consider forwarding the petition to your family and friends.


Junction commercial bakery businesses going going

Just 20 years ago the Junction had numerous commercial bakeries and related businesses. Keele Centre at 500 Keele St had a huge Weston bakery on the north side of the building.

There was Seven Star Bakery on Jackson Place. The build has now been converted to mews homes.

Maple leaf mills was a huge flour processor with two silo building, one of which is now gone.

Now with Canada bread leaving the Junction Rd area the last of the bakery businesses are gone.

Oil contamination pumps being removed from former railroad lands

For the past 10 years the CPR railroad has been collecting waste oil and fuel that have seeped into the ground . They have been doing this on the north and south sides of the tracks throughout Junction.

Yesterday a crane removed the waste collection equipment on the north side of the tracks, but the equipment on the south side remains.


The blog has emailed the CPR asking about the state of the cleanup. Will post their response.